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UK Parliament Debates Sanctions Against Nigerian Govt Officials Nov 23

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The UK Parliament will hold a debate on individual sanctions against Nigerian government officials on November 23, Daily Sun has learnt.

In an email sent to one of the individuals (name withheld) who signed a petition asking the UK government to sanction those responsible for the killing of unarmed EndSARS protesters, the petitions team of the UK government and parliament said November 23 has been set aside for its parliament to debate the issue.

The email read: “Parliament is going to debate the petition you signed -’Implement sanctions against the Nigerian government and officials’. The debate is scheduled for 23 November, 2020. Once the debate has happened, we’ll email you a video and transcript.”

However, when contacted, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the ministry was yet to be notified about the development.

“We cannot comment on a matter yet to be brought to the attention of the government.”

Senior Advocate, Mr Femi Falana, has said there should be no hypocrisy in the United Kingdom Parliament’s decision to debate individual sanctions on government officials involved in the shooting of #EndSARS protesters in Lekki, Lagos State.

Also reacting, former Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Professor Bola Akinterinwa, said the decision of the United Kingdom Parliament to debate on individual sanctions on government officials responsible for the killing of unarmed protesters in Lekki is a very welcome development.

He said at the level of the Federal Government, an impression is given that the military had not done anything wrong despite the many contradictions by the military as far as the Lekki incidence is concerned.

The debate on whether or not sanctions should be imposed on Nigerian government officials will depend on the conditions stipulated in the UK Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020, also known as the ‘Magnitsky’-style sanctions regime.

According to the UK government website, the sanctions regime targets those who have been involved in some of the gravest human rights violations and abuses around the world.

The regulations put in place sanctions measures to deter and provide accountability for activities, which if carried out by or on behalf of a state within the territory of that state would amount to a serious violation by that state of an individual’s right to life, right not to be subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, right to be free from slavery, not to be held in servitude or required to perform forced or compulsory labour.

The UK government said so far, 49 individuals and organisations involved in some of the most notorious human rights violations and abuses in recent years have been designated for sanctions under the powerful new regime.

The UK’s first wave of sanctions under this new regime targeted 25 Russian nationals involved in the mistreatment and death of auditor Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered widespread Russian corruption by a group of Russian tax and police officials; 20 Saudi nationals involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi; two high-ranking Myanmar military generals involved in the systematic and brutal violence against the Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities, two organisations involved in the forced labour, torture and murder that takes place in North Korea’s gulags.

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Wizkid Set To Headline Livespot X-Clusive Hybrid Concert This December

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Nigerian music superstar and Grammy-nominated artist, Wizkid is set to headline the Livespot X-Clusive concert slated for December 19 and 20, 2020. The Nigerian global star who is fresh off a hugely successful album release will bring his magic home again during Nigeria’s first-ever hybrid live concert holding in Lagos.


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Wizkid has won over 20 awards in a career spanning a decade. Amassing fans across Africa, Europe, America, and across the world, he has scored over 800million streams on youtube, Apple Music, Spotify, and Deezer combined. He has been described as a rising star by Billboard, one of the world’s most authoritative music voices.


The singer and songwriter assured that music lovers and fans watching online and offline will be treated to his best-performance yet. The physical events will feature limited seating in line with COVID-19 restrictions. Tickets and access to the Livestream will, however, be made available via Livespot Nation.

“This year has been tough on everybody, but we all recorded some wins in one way or another,” the artist said. “I want my fans to experience the best live concert in recent memory, and I’m looking forward to making that a reality,” he continued.

With no other major concert to look forward to this December, fans have a lot to expect from Livespot X-Clusive. The concert will also feature other music superstars like Dare Art Alade aka Darey, Yemi Alade and Simi as co-headliners.

The event which will be the first-ever live hybrid concert in Nigeria will host a select few physically at Eko Hotel and the rest of the world will get a chance to stream the concert live on Livespot Nation.

Deola Art Alade, CEO, Livespot360, producers of Livespot X-Clusive says, “The event is going to be a fusion of incredible live performances; music, festival quality sound, impressive lighting, special acts, and immersive experiences, all rolled into one high-octane event which promises to deliver an unprecedented level of quality which Livespot360 is known for. We’re very excited and grateful for the opportunity to keep bringing Nigerians the very best of entertainment.”

Livespot360 is the brain behind some of Nigeria’s most iconic entertainment events in recent times, including Livespot X Festival with Cardi B, Love Like A Movie with Ciara and Kim Kardashian and BAFEST, to name a few.

This event marks the second event Livespot360’s entertainment division Livespot X will be producing and the first event Multi-platinum Afro-soul star Darey will be performing at in five years.

Darey shares his excitement for the event saying, “The ‘X’ in Livespot X-clusive like the X in Livespot X Festival is a dynamic variable that takes up different forms, shapes and expressions year on year. It is an evolving hybrid of unique experiences designed to meet and exceed the entertainment cravings of Nigerians and Africans. And for me, this particular event is all the more special. I get to perform songs from my newest EP Way Home and I also get to share the stage with queens like Yemi Alade and Simi and superstars like Wizkid and Patoranking. It will definitely be an unforgettable experience.”

Livespot X-Clusive is a brainchild of Livespot360, a creative collective of the digital era, unified by a passion for developing disruptive ideas. Combining digital marketing, experiential marketing, advertising, education and entertainment for the Nigerian audience, the company’s mantra is to constantly set the bar in quality and performance.

Tickets to Livespot X-Clusive can be purchased online at Livespotnation.com.

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Men, don’t think of looking for a woman when you don’t have a job — Actress Esther Ene

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Nollywood Actress, Esther Audu Ojire recently took to her social media page to share some deep words of advice for jobless men looking for love.



Her post reads ;

Hear me brothers, a man who does not have a job or source of income should not think of looking for a woman,LOOK FOR A JOB. My opinion though. What is your take on this👆👆👆👆.

Below are some comments from social media users ;

Karlmike wrote ;

Women shouldn’t be looking for men, they should learn a skill, get a job and earn money before looking for a man. Everyone including women needs to be independent. My opinion tho

Tha vinci wrote ;

My opinion is that your statement is incorrect if you forgot to add vice versa

gylliananthonette wrote ;

The advice is vice Versa..A woman who is jobless shouldn’t think of getting married or giving birth ..like how can u be so jobless and ur uterus is workin

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Court orders final forfeiture of N235m linked to Invictus CEO, Obi Okeke

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A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has ordered the final forfeiture of the sum of N235.4 million traced to the account of convicted fraudster, Okeke Obinwanne known as Invictus Obi to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

This came the Chief Executive Officer of Invictus Group pleaded guilty to two charges: computer fraud and wire fraud after his arrest in the United States.

Justice Liman had on March 23, 2020, ordered the interim forfeiture of the money domiciled in First City Monument Bank (FCMB) following an ex parte application dated December 18, 2019, by the Lagos Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He also ordered the commission to advertise same in any national newspaper for anyone to show cause why the said money should not be finally forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Serving an update on the case, Spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren said Justice Liman has ordered a final forfeiture of the sum.

It was gathered that the final forfeiture order was granted after EFCC counsel, I. Sulaiman, prayed for the confiscation.

Okeke who made it into Forbes Africa’s Under 30 List in 2016, was nabbed for $11 million fraud after an official account belonging to a steel company’s CEO was hacked. The FBI was contacted about the scam by the representatives of Unatrac Holding Limited, the export sales office for Caterpillar heavy industrial and firm equipment.

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